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Arrow, Supergirl Stars Weigh in on E.P.’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

-Whoo boy. The CW, home of all my fave current shows, kind of imploded this weekend after Variety’s Mo Ryan talked to 15 women and 4 men about alleged sexual harassment from CW showrunner Andrew Kreisberg of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. (Ryan tweeted Monday: “If this story were published today, the number would be higher. I had an interesting weekend.). Among the allegations: he once told a woman “Wow, you look so tired that I don’t even want to have sex with you anymore” in front of her kids, he put his hands on a man’s hips and mimicked having sex, he asked an array of women for their bra sizes, he asked a woman to lie on his office floor while he assumed a push-up stance over her and then he asked her to choke him “for research.” He has been suspended.

Carina Mackenzie, a writer on The Originals who worked on an episode of The Flash last year, tweeted (and then deleted): “When I left The Flash I told my agents I would rather live in a cardboard box under a bridge than work with AK again…I was at that show for a few short weeks & was disturbed by the way he spoke about women, the way he treated assistants and — to be honest — even the way FICTIONAL females were discussed.” (She also defended super producer Greg Berlanti, though a writer who worked on Legends of Tomorrow for two years seems to think Berlanti knew.)

-The ladies of the CW immediately stepped up, with Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Emily Bett Rickards, and Chyler Leigh releasing statements. I was particularly impressed with EBR’s tweet, because it directly addressed the Arrow showrunner’s stupid, tone deaf tweet after the story surfaced about “reverse sexism.” That’s her boss! If she gets fired (or her character suddenly gets reduced screentime/plots), we’re burning that network down…

-It took a while for the CW men to get in on the action, but eventually Arrow’s David Ramsey, and  Supergirl’s David Harewood voiced their support.  Stephen Amell waited a whole day but eventually put out a pretty boss Facebook video, saying  “I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke publicly to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning…I told them this morning and I tell you now and I meant it, if anyone ever feels anything less than 100% safe…that they should come to whomever they’re supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right beside them. I’ll speak on their behalf if need be. If you’re not an active part of the solution than you are part of the problem.”

-A writer on Hannibal (the darkest show ever) called BS on the notion that you have to act disgusting in a writers room for “research.”

-The story seems to have opened the WB/CW floodgates, with a writer detailing her horrible experience on One Tree Hill. (All of the actresses from that show are publicly supporting her.)

-Screw everyone who made Mel Gibson‘s new movie a box office success this weekend.

-I watched Lady Bird this weekend instead (it’s lovely) and then I immediately texted my childhood BFF because of the movie’s generous, perfect use of “Crash Into Me.” It also did crazy good at the box office. Expect Oscar buzz on this one.

Gal Gadot will reportedly only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise. Bless her! (It just got an earlier release date, away from Star Wars, so I’m guessing she won.)

-A dozen cast and crewmembers told THR about the time in 2003 when actor Tom Sizemore was removed from a movie set in Utah for allegedly violating an 11-year-old girl.

-Because everything is terrible in Hollywood these days, someone asked Twitter for their stories about nice celebrity encounters and everyone delivered. (If you don’t want to read the whole thread, here are some highlights. This tweet about Chris Pine is my fave.)

-Thor: Ragnarok has started a jam war between Jack Black and Chris Hemsworth (except only one of them knows what that means).

-The early reviews for Justice League aren’t exactly glowing, but they’re not as horrible as I expected. So yay?

-The Weeknd may be dating Justin Bieber’s ex? That’s extra messy.

-Meanwhile, The Weeknd joined Robert Pattinson at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 43rd birthday party.

Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were all kinds of adorable together this weekend.

-Stranger Things’ David Harbour tweeting about his dad bod made my day…

-I really like this article on Stranger Things and other genre shows/movies keeping female characters apart.

-Wait, is Blake Shelton really getting named People’s Sexiest Man Alive? REALLY?!

-I’m just going to pretend this GQ cover with Colin Kaepernick is actually People.

-If season 8 happens with Suits, it will likely be without Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.

-White men are the minority in the L.A. Times’ directors roundtable this year.

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams join the circus in the trailer for The Greatest Showman.

 

 

Jessica Chastain Talks Paparazzi and Pitt in Elle Canada

Jessica Chastain Elle Canada

Jessica Chastain covers the latest issue of Elle Canada, in which she talks about her comments at the Cannes press conference, kissing Brad Pitt, calling out the paparazzi on social media, and why it’s “important to show powerful women who are good at their jobs because young girls need those examples.”

-TMZ is reporting that Justin Bieber canceled his tour because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” That’s…nice?

-Also John Mayer, who seems to have no connection to Justin or this tour, still offered an opinion on it.

TJ Miller continues to implode before our eyes.  Where are his people!?

-Divorce rumors don’t phase Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, who are calling out “fake news.”

-Speaking of marital statuses, Robert Pattinson says he and FKA Twigs are “kind of” engaged.

-The fact that Jennifer Lopez is leaning over at a weird angle and still has abs? And she turned 48 yesterday? Kill me.

Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend crashed a wedding in Winnipeg. I like that she had the restaurant owner ask if it was ok before she did it.

-The Buzzfeed photo booth at ComicCon, which recreated ’80s portraits, is my favourite. The iZombie cast killed it.

-Speaking of ComicCon, at Arrow’s panel a kid fighting cancer asked a question and Stephen Amell responded by hopping off the stage, giving her his arrow necklace, and telling her to bring it back to him next year. Sorry, I must have a tree in my eye…

-Also, Arrow was responsible for my other favourite ComicCon moment, when a journalist told that cast that Lost’s Michael Emerson would be joining the show. Amell’s face when he first hears the name looks like he’s trying to work out a complex math problem…

-Riverdale costars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are dating. I know barely anything about either of them, and yet somehow I still want better for her.

-This Usher herpes story is just not going away.

-The first wave of TIFF movies were announced today and there are some huge films coming, though I’m shocked Blade Runner 2049 wasn’t part of that list. Still, we got some goodies (and a look at how Oscar season is shaping up): Battle of the Sexes (Emma Stone, Steve Carrel),  Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig), Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, I Tonya (Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan), Darren Aronofsky’s Mother (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem), The Mountain Between Us (Idris Elba, Kate Winslet), Stronger (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslaney), The Shape of Water (Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer), Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney, written by the Coen brothers and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

-Ready for another Margaret Atwood adaptation? Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Alias Grace, starring Sarah Gadon, Zachary Levi, and Anna Paquin. I didn’t love that book, but Sarah Polley is behind this so I have high hopes.

Jimmy Fallon Tries to Redeem Himself, Fails Miserably

-NYT did a profile on Jimmy Fallon and he came off … not great. I don’t remember another attempt at damage control that made things this much worse. I gave up after the part where he talked about people being upset by his Trump interview and how “it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it.”

-Twitter did not take kindly to the Fallon profile, either. (It also reminded me of that passage in BossyPants where Amy Poehler destroyed him.)

-Tragic: Rosario Dawson found her cousin dead in the actress’ Los Angeles home last week. No cause of death has been released.

Taylor Swift is reportedly dating a British actor named Joe Alwyn. She’s been laying low for the past few months — I wonder if she’ll keep it on the DL or make it Instagram official?

Katharine McPhee is denying rumours that she’s dating 67-year-old David Foster. Wait, what??

-This video of Kendall Jenner falling off a bike has 4 million views.  Well done, Internet!

Will Smith clashed with Pedro Almodóvar over the Netflix controversy at Cannes, and I’m on Will’s side on this one. Streaming services like Netflix make diverse, worldly content easily accessible to everyone no matter where they live.

Johnny Depp is dating again. Who? Why? How?

James Corden is returning to host the Grammys in 2018. So basically it’s be another year of late night white dudes hosting all the award shows? Great.

-Pitch’s EP says he would like to shoot a goodbye episode. How about a goodbye three seasons?

-It was CBS’s turn at the upfronts today, where they got pissy that This Is Us has been crowned the biggest new show (it wins in the demo, but Bull actually has more total viewers), and defended the fact that all of their new fall shows have male leads. When pushed by reporters, Les Moonves said “I think we’re fine in terms of the amount of women who are behind the camera and in front of the camera.” See everyone? They’re FINE!

-CBS also announced that Star Trek Discovery takes place “10 years before Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise” and released a new photo and trailer.

-Warner Brothers insists the Justice League movie is totally fine so just ignore all those rumours that say otherwise, guys.

-In other DCU news, Sam Raimi reportedly passed on directing The Flash movie, which Billy Crudup just exited.

-Eff ya! Jordan Peele‘s next project is a Jim Crow-era HBO horror series.

Jeff Goldblum nearly became the voice of Apple’s Siri? Now that’s all I want.

-The article about The Handmaid’s Tale and how women (white women in particular) are complicit in systems of oppression is well worth a read.

-Hamilton star Daveed Diggs just got cast as the lead in a Snowpiercer TV show and I am here for it.

Stephen Amell is going to be on the Red Nose Day edition of American Ninja Warrior next week, and this preview shows him nailing the course. All that salmon laddering came in handy.

Solange Knowles penned an emotional letter addressed to her teenage self about losing her friend in a drive-by shooting and becoming a mother at 17.

Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux are bringing back your favorite 70s, ’80s, and ’90s sitcoms.

Brad Pitt returned to Stephen Colbert‘s show to ponder life’s greatest mysteries.

-Here’s the latest trailer for Brad’s War Machine.